Sustainability at Schweitzer

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not." - The Lorax

Schweitzer Mountain Resort recognizes that we operate in a precious environment that is potentially impacted by various threats including pollution, climate change, and development. We hereby commit to increase efforts to protect our mountain, our livelihood and the region we live in by exploring and implementing reasonable sustainable practices.  

Schweitzer’s Sustainability Vision Statement: Schweitzer Mountain acknowledges that the environment is one of our greatest resources and commits to being mindful of such. We aspire to be good stewards of the land and foster a sustainable future as we continue to grow our business. 

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To identify areas of opportunity for further sustainable efforts, Schweitzer’s first priority is to recognize and strengthen the practices we already implement. These include:
  • Implemented a sustainability committee to identify strategic actions
  • Using many compostable items such as napkins and paper plates by Earthchoice
  • Installed a “test” water bottle filler with intent on installing more
  • Turned to using rechargeable batteries in all soap and paper towel dispensers to reduce waste
  • Measure idle time on groomers and work within a set allowable time limit
  • LED lighting on night skiing lights.
  • Schweitzer purchases power from Northern Lights which is supplied by Bonneville Power Administration. “BPA provides about 28 percent of the electric power used in the Northwest and its resources — primarily hydroelectric — make BPA power nearly carbon free.” BPA was recently found to be one of the cleanest sources of power in the nation according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Use recycled oil for heating the vehicle maintenance shop
  • Build the new hotel using sustainable practices 
  • Cardboard recycling
  • Paper recycling
  • Plastic and aluminum recycling
  • Tesla charging station
  • REC (renewable energy credits) purchased in partnership with Northern Lights
  • Investment in Northern Lights “solar farm”
  • Free transportation to 60,000 people who ride the buses each winter
  • Cooperation with SPOT bus extends bus service and reduces use of cars
  • Snow making using top of the line equipment (much of it gravity fed)
  • Wastewater is treated in an environmentally friendly system vs a point discharge
  • Official endorser of Carbon Dividend Act (house bill 763)
  • Endorsed the NSAA “Environmental Charter”
  • Donate used uniforms
  • Employee paperwork is almost completely electronic
  • Interpretive signs to foster an understanding and a connection to our place

Our active projects include:

  • Analyzing the county’s recycling program and how we might change our operations to better fit the county’s available program.
  • Engaged all Schweitzer staff to develop actions within their department and submit the results for a contest.
  • Gearing up to take on the Climate Challenge presented by NSAA in spring 2020
  • S.E.C Initiative 
We recognize that Schweitzer needs to make further efforts to reduce the impact of environmental threats. Further, Schweitzer agrees to explore these areas in an effort to extend our reach:
  • Move toward LED lighting in all areas of operation
  • Explore options to reduce the use of electricity throughout our operation
  • Inspire our employees and guests to use better practices
  • Move to more electronic systems therefore reducing paper waste
  • Pursue larger projects that may receive support from the National Ski Areas Association
Continue to check in with us as projects and plans take shape. 

If you need any more information about any of these projects, please feel free to contact us at